CF Rideau Centre’s newest addition, high-end United States-based retailer Nordstrom, is all set to open its doors on March 6, 2015 and welcome excited Ottawa shoppers.
The apparel, shoes and accessories retailer, which carries high-end brands such as Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Coach and Prada among many others for the whole family, is part of CF Rideau Centre’s $360-million, 180,000-square-foot expansion that will also see other high-end stores such as Tiffany & Co. and Kate Spade open in the mall by the end of 2016.
The Ottawa Nordstrom is the retailer’s second Canadian location, as the first opened in Calgary, Alta., on Sept. 19, 2014. The much anticipated Ottawa store will be the only Nordstrom location in Eastern Canada until the retailer opens its doors in Toronto, Ont. at the Yorkdale Centre and the Toronto Eaton Centre in the fall of 2016. Nordstrom will also open a third Toronto location at Sherway Gardens in the spring of 2017.
In a press release, John Banks, who will manage the new 157,000-square-foot Ottawa location, noted that Nordstrom will be working to build a unique relationship with its Canadian consumers. “We’re new to Canada and we’re going to focus on doing things the right way for Canadians,” Banks said in the release. “That means we’ll work hard to see our business through the eyes of our local customers, so that we can provide a relevant and meaningful shopping experience.”
Since November, the retailer has been in the hiring process for 400 new staff members, who will be running the downtown Ottawa store.
Nordstrom Inc., as it’s known formally, was originally founded in 1901 as a Seattle-area shoe store. Over the years, the company has expanded to 276 stores, which operate across 36 different states as well as online.
Nordstrom also announced in a press release that it would celebrate the CF Rideau Centre store opening with a special gala benefitting the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and United Way Ottawa on March 4, 2015.
“As a company, it has always been a priority for us to give back to the communities that we serve before we open our doors,” Banks said in the release. The retailer added that gala attendees would be among the first consumers to shop in the brand new store.
Cindy Vanbuskirk, General Manager of CF Rideau Centre, said in an emailed statement to Ottawa Tourism that the addition of Nordstrom to the shopping mall will contribute to the centre’s overall shopping experience, allowing CF Rideau Centre to “better reflect evolving shopper demographics and preferences.”
She added that an important part of CF Rideau Centre’s $360-million redevelopment project is the introduction of first-to-market and best-in-class retailers. “The addition of Nordstrom will contribute to an overall shopping experience that will keep customers coming back again and again,” Vanbuskirk said. “Retailers such as Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Kate Spade and others located in the heart of downtown Ottawa offer an aspirational luxury shopping experience that appeals to both residents and visitors.”
Heading into 2016-2017, CF Rideau Centre will also become home to affordable, Québec-based retailer Simons, which offers apparel for the whole family from Canadian and international designers. Simons is expected to open in Ottawa in August 2016.
Part of the expansion, CF Rideau Centre’s brand new 35,000-square-foot Dining Hall opened this fall, offering seating for 850 people, 16 eating establishments and new retailers such as Purdy’s Chocolates, David’s Tea and LUSH to name a few.
Thinking of coming to Ottawa to take advantage of its new retailers? Book Ottawa Tourism’s Shop, Dine & Unwind package, which offers hotel accommodation, a certificate to receive a CF Rideau Centre Savings Directory and entry into one of Ottawa’s premier attractions. Shop til’ you drop, then see the impressive sights of Canada’s Capital!